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Tabloid City: A Novel
     

Tabloid City: A Novel

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by Pete Hamill
 

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In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths:

The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet

Overview

In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths:

The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.

The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories--a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades.

Editorial Reviews

Scott Stephens - Cleveland Plain Dealer
PRAISE FOR NORTH RIVER:

"Lovely, richly textured....Is there another living writer with as firm a grasp on the city's sidewalks, its buildings, its history?"

Tanner Stransky - Entertainment Weekly
"Hamill's love story casts an engaging spell, and Manhattan-lovers will delight in the gritty particulars."
Susan Salter Reynolds - Los Angeles Times
PRAISE FOR TABLOID CITY:

"Murder and mayhem...a ticking time bomb of a novel."

Alan Cheuse - San Francisco Chronicle
"Engrossing...A gritty tone-poem in prose on New York City life--and death."
Sheryl Connelly - New York Daily News
"This is the veteran journalist at his best....Tabloid City stands as both an authentic thriller as well as a farewell to the city that was Hamill's New York."
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR TABLOID CITY:"

Murder and mayhem...a ticking time bomb of a novel."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times"

Engrossing...A gritty tone-poem in prose on New York City life—and death."—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle"

This is the veteran journalist at his best....Tabloid City stands as both an authentic thriller as well as a farewell to the city that was Hamill's New York."—Sheryl Connelly, New York Daily News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316174923
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/05/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
562,291
File size:
733 KB

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Meet the Author

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 20 previous books including the bestselling novel Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York, and Cuernavaca, Mexico
Date of Birth:
1935
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
Mexico City College, 1956-1957; Pratt Institute
Website:
http://www.petehamill.com

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Tabloid City 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
gl More than 1 year ago
A violent crime draws together a cast of characters that find themselves interconnected in other ways. The crime, the intertwined social network, and these unusual characters give us an unsentimental picture of New York during the recession. We meet: * Lew Forrest of the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, an aging and successful painter who has lost his sight. His closest companion is Camus, a black labrador; * Cynthia Harding of Greenwich Village, a socialite particularly committed to the New York City libraries and literacy. Her longtime lover is Sam Briscoe of the New York World; * Sandra Gordon, whose precociousness at a dinner party in Jamaica drew the attention, sympathy, and mentorship of Cynthia Harding. From children's books to a passport and education, Cynthia helped Sandra find her place; * Sam Briscoe, the editor of New York World, the last afternoon newspaper in New York and a fixture in journalism circles; * Bobby Fonseca, a young journalist, who lives and breathes his work; * Ali Watson of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a New York City homicide detective; * Malik Shahid, a young New Yorker turned religious fanatic/fundamentalist; * Josh Thompson, a veteran from the wars in the Middle East who has lost his home and his family and is on the streets of New York; * Beverly Starr, an artist from Gowanus, Brooklyn; * Consuelo Mendoza, an illegal immigrant from Mexico living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn; and * Myles Compton, a hedgefund manager whose bad investments and shady dealings lead him to abscond in the night. While each of the personalities are carefully constructed, I was particularly drawn to the women who are given central roles in the novel. Sandra Gordon is a secondary character but her strength, independence and vulnerability all come across so clearly. The interaction between the aging and nearly blind painter Lew Forrest and his long lost muse, Consuelo Mendoza is particularly touching. Even the socialite Cynthia Harding who only appears briefly is complex and fleshed out. Through a high profile murder and its aftermath, Tabloid City gives a fascinating and unsentimental glimpse of today's New York. ISBN-10: 0316020753 - Hardcover Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 5, 2011), 288 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
ZyskoKid More than 1 year ago
Pete Hamill knows the newspaper business and does one helluva job of helping readers grasp all that's going by the wayside in the transition to a world that may not care to read words in ink on paper. "Tabloid City" is a crime story, a violent story laced with the language of the New York gutter, one told in an interesting way, one character at a time. Most "chapters" could pass for 750-word newspaper columns. Frankly, the plot that builds so nicely loses a bit of steam and turns predictable. But I'm not sure the "crime" that Hamill has captured isn't less the cops-versus-bad guys story than the crime of the loss of newspapering the way it used to be. Hamill's newspaper characters ring true, and the loss of the skills -- really, that lifestyle -- that newspaper people have, that loss, that's the real crime.
EdNY More than 1 year ago
Tabloid City is a sad book with multliple storylines. On the day that Sam Briscoe, long-time editor of the World newspaper finds out that the print edition will be discontinued and the newspaper will only appear online, he also learns of the brutal murder of his girlfirend Cynthia Harding and her assistant in Cynthia's home. At the same time, young Malik is trying to find money so his 'ready-to-give-birth' girlfriend can go to a hospital. He has kept her locked in an abandoned building. Josh Thompson, a disabled Iraq war veteran stuck in a wheel chair, has a Mac-10 that he plans on using to get revenge. The fact that these diverse stories can come together into a believable, engrossing tale is no small feat. Pete Hamill does a fantastic job of both having old time newspaper people, Sam and Helen Loomis, reminisce about the journalism heydays gone by and exploring the future of news. He tells readers about the world as it really is, full of new technology and old terrorism, of the results of war and the efforts of the few to make life better for everyone. Tabloid City is filled with great characters (ones you both love and hate) and engrossing storylines. It is a sad book evoking little, but some, hope for the future. YOu will revel in the references to a 'better time' and feel heartbroken at some of the events that take place. Needless to say, you will not walk away from Tabloid City without it having called up some emotion. A highly recommended read.
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Tomobrien More than 1 year ago
A great read from a great writer!
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
I read Tabloid City a second time to see why so many of the reviews are critical, suggesting that Hamill was just phoning it in. I beg to disagree. Each vignette is carefully constructed and well-written. I think the problem is that the individual tales don't always connect well, and, when seen as a whole make for a less than acceptable plot. So averaging all of the reviews gets us to three stars, just where I think it should be.
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
This story takes place within a twenty-four hour period in New York City. It revolves around the lives of a large group of people that do not seem to have any connection to one another. After the murder of two women, we follow segment of each of these people's lives (the author has conveniently giving us the person time and place above each slice of this pie). The central character is newspaper editor Sam Briscoe who is trying to keep a dying industry alive. Pete Hamill has crafted a story about New York City and the tortured people who live there. Although, I lived in the city for thirteen years, this novel didn't connect with me.
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